Having a newborn at home can be a challenge for even the most patient and experienced of parents. Not only can mum and dad look forward to late night awakenings and plenty of crying, but they also have to manage changing sleep patterns as well as teach their baby how to self-settle at night-time when they are not nearby.
It is a learning curve for parents as much as it is for babies, and there are several tools designed especially to help both with this. Baby night lights are one of the products that many parents have relied upon to help both them and the baby sleep better – here are four ways that this handy gadget can help.
First and foremost, a soft night light acts as something comforting for baby, who can be scared alone in a pitch black room. It is understandable that a little one can be frightened and feeling vulnerable when left alone and mum and dad are sleeping in the next room; a soft light, on the other hand, can be far less scary.
Many baby night lights are available with a soft yellow light, which will not stimulate baby’s brain and therefore will not disturb his or her sleep when it is switched on. It will, however, mean that the darkness is not so overwhelming should he or she wake up in the middle of the night. This can help babies learn to self-settle far more quickly.
Next, this kind of light can actually be useful for parents who need to attend to baby or check up on him or her during the night. A bright overhead lamp can startle baby when switched on, and can disturb sleep so much it can be hard to get him or her back to sleep.
As an alternative, a night light will fill the room with a soft glow that is often enough to see and move around by, meaning that mum and dad can attend to baby if he or she awakens, without disturbing the sleep pattern of the child with a very bright light that can shock the senses.
The third way that this type of lamp can help is closely linked to the points made above – this light avoids startling the child and helps him or her get back to sleep more easily. Babies will often wake during the night, and it is up to the parents to encourage a regular sleep pattern, which ultimately means coaxing the baby back to sleep.
This soft light is dim enough to signify that it is not yet ‘awake time’, and will not stimulate the brain of the child. Although the parents may need to attend the bedside to soothe the little one it is often much easier to lull baby back to sleep in the soft, soothing light, making waking in the middle of the night a lot less stressful and difficult for both the baby and the mum or dad at their bedside.
Lastly, some experts now recommend using baby night lights as a way to encourage vision development in babies, especially in the first few months following the birth. Although it is always wise to check with your family doctor whether this is a suitable option for your child, studies have shown that babies who slept with a night lamp in their room had boosted visual development.
These are just four of the reasons why a soft night light in your little one’s bedroom can help both you and your newborn. From soothing them at night to helping you move around in their bedroom without disturbing them, there are plenty of advantages to this handy tool which could be of interest to you.